2012: 21 December at 11:12am GMT - Royal Observatory Greenwich
It is the turning point when the days will gradually lighten again as the darkness wanes & the light waxes - the balance shifts as the light triumphs over the darkness & it is enough to lift the spirits!
Many northern countries mark this time with Festivals of Light
I like to mark Winter with evergreens brought into the house over the Christmas - holly & ivy wreathes, laurel, rosemary, mistletoe which all represent the circle of life.
The ancient carol of The Holly and the Ivy echoes this:
I always have lanterns & candles in the house in winter to bring light & warmth to our home - I suspect we all have a little Druid bit in our souls which wants to honor the passing of the seasons ....
Whatever you do, enjoy the waxing of the light & celebrate Mid Winter knowing that the light of Spring is coming or in the Biblical sense with the Holly thorns & the blood of Christ represented by the red berries ....
Unlike the Mayans, I have every confidence that the sun will rise in the east & set in the west on that day - just like every other day!
How are your festive preparations going? Are you ready for the holiday season?
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